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The Phantom Father (2011)
"Tatal fantoma" (original title)

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American professor Robert Traum embarks on an adventurous and amusing journey through Bucovina to find Sami the projectionist, the only person alive that can tell him anything about his ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
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Robert Traum
Barry Gifford ...
Jack
Mihaela Sirbu ...
Tanya
Valer Delakeza ...
Sami
Mihai Constantin ...
Mayor Codrescu
Mimi Branescu ...
Alex
Victor Rebengiuc ...
Uncle Petre
Mariana Mihut ...
Aunt Florica
Iosif Pastina ...
small Robert
Nicodim Ungureanu ...
Hotel Receptionist
Vitalie Bantas ...
Vitali
Marcel Cobzariu ...
Vladimir (as Marcello Cobzariu)
Mirela Oprisor ...
Woman from Italy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrei Araditz ...
Codrescu Sr.
Adriana Butoi ...
Sara Traum
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American professor Robert Traum embarks on an adventurous and amusing journey through Bucovina to find Sami the projectionist, the only person alive that can tell him anything about his Romanian Jewish descent. His symbolic journey is filled with danger, the unknown and the surreal, but finally rewarded with a double love: on the one hand he finds romantic love, on the other the passion for old cinema, nomad, popular, naive and generous. Written by Lucian Georgescu

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The turbo-folk song (called "manea") heard in the bar scene where Traum first encounters the Ukrainian gangsters, was written and performed entirely by Johannes Malfatti, the film's soundtrack composer. Although unfamiliar with this type of music and the Romanian language, Malfatti insisted on singing the lyrics himself. See more »

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Sami: I still believe in happy endings and I dream of the day when you will show up and tell me "I'm Robert Traum". What a beautiful dream!
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One of the best movies of the century
15 June 2011 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

Amazing... I watched this movie in TIFF (Transilvania International Film Festival), the script is amazing, the actor playing the main role is more than exceptional, he is just splendid, one of the best movies of my life, there is a realistic part in the beginning and then it becomes fantastical and magical, this is a very good movie, you'll not regret watching it. They show Romania in a very special way, full of amazing places and problems, corruption, and the movie is such an adventure in the lands of fantasy, with a script that is itself a complete good novel, pretty much all the actors are giving themselves for the characters, at one point that you don't really realize witch one is real, or fantastical, such a good movie, just watch it with an open mind, and don't expect a realistic movie, just trip in the movie.


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